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Sunday 4 October 2015
The week in pictures

The Champagne lifestyle seems to have swept through the drinks trade this week, as we round up the tastings, competitions and awards that have kept the industry’s diary full.



Meth labs flourish in ‘dry’ counties

A study of the density of meth labs across the US has revealed they are more common in “dry” counties.

Conviviality deal with Matthew Clark clears last hurdle

Conviviality Retail’s acquisition of wholesaler Matthew Clark cleared the last hurdle yesterday as shareholders of Punch Taverns approved the disposal of its stake in the business.

New team at the drinks business

the drinks business has made several changes to its editorial staff following the departure of Gabriel Stone as Editor.

Heineken releases Spectre TV ad

Heineken has unveiled a new TV advert starring Daniel Craig in a high speed boat chase ahead of the release of the next James Bond instalment, Spectre.


Asahi snaps up Australian craft brewer

Japanese brewer Asahi is the latest big brewer to stake its claim on the craft sector by acquiring Australia’s Mountain Goat Brewery.

Germans still top the beer drinking table

Germans drink the most beer per head of any major economy in the world, although their consumption is falling rapidly, research has shown.

US passes 4,000-brewery milestone

America now has over 4,000 beer breweries in operation, just tens short of its all-time record, the country’s Craft Beer Association has announced.

10 ways to turn drinks advertising into engagement

Mark Boyd, founding partner of creative marketing agency Gravity Road, reveals his tips on how to stop advertising and start engaging with your consumer base.

How not to position beer brands: Will Anheuser-Busch keep struggling?

Dan Fox questions the approach the world’s largest brewer is taking with its leading beer brands as it seeks to differentiate them from each other.

by Dan Fox

Château La Coste: a passion for wine, art and architecture

dbHK's Ivy Ng travels to Provence where she discovers a 3,000-acre community of wine, art and architecture at the enchanting Château La Coste. by Ivy Ng

Bolivia: between heaven and earth

Long gone are the sacramental wines of the old days, Bolivia is now producing fine wines which "sometimes" age very well, write the Wine Explorers. by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot

Down under at the first Australia Trade Tasting

Representatives from across the wine industry converged on Melbourne recently for the inaugural Australia Trade Tasting. by Simone Madden-Grey
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Brown-Forman ‘aims to sell’ Southern Comfort

US spirits maker Brown-Forman, which produces brands like Jack Daniel’s whiskey, is looking to sell its Southern Comfort and Chambord labels, according to reports.

American whisky lovers flock to Speyside

For the first time in its two-decade-long history, the number of Americans visiting the Speyside Whisky Festival in Scotland has surpassed other international visitors.

Queen’s whisky raises $50k for US hospital

A bottle of 1980 Bowmore Single Malt Whisky, donated by the Queen from her private collection, has raised $50,000 at a charity auction in the US.

Motörhead releases own-brand whisky

British heavy metal act Motörhead has released a whisky to mark their 40th year in the music business, produced by Swedish distillery Mackmyra.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 wines in the US press

Eric Asimov reveals his pick of wines from St Joseph in the northern Rhône, while Lettie Teague recommends a number of good wines produced in otherwise bad vintages.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

Wines to enjoy alongside the Rugby World Cup, a “huge, hulking, brooding red blend” from Spain and a drinks roster James Bond would be proud of feature in this week’s round-up.

Corbyn branded ‘craft beer of the Labour movement’

As Liam Byrne describes Jeremy Corbyn as “the craft beer of the Labour movement”, we round up a selection of politicians’ drinks doppelgängers.

Top 10 wines in the US press

Wines from Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe are hailed as one wine writer’s “most exciting” discovery in recent years, as another talks up the talents of Cabernet Franc.

10 Cape winemakers to watch

the drinks business picks out some rising South African stars who are bringing their own fresh ideas to reveal an exciting new slant to the country’s wine scene.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

Victoria Moore reveals her top wine picks at Majestic, while David Williams shines a light on the Mâconnais – a region whose winemakers are becoming increasingly ambitious.

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Champagne sparkles in September

Champagne was the focus of buyers’ attention in September after a flurry of prestige cuvée releases but the Liv-ex 100 ran flat over the course of the month.

Koch wins back damages from wine dealer

Billionaire wine collector Bill Koch has won his appeal against fellow collector Eric Greenberg, who Koch claims was dealing in fake wine.

Asda boosts online offering with 100 new wines 

Asda is boosting its online wine shop with the addition of nearly 100 new and fine wines, with around 75% of them coming from France.

Sotheby’s NY sale roars to $4.8m

Sotheby’s first autumn sale in New York made close to US$5 million last week with white Burgundy, Rhône and Barolo leading the way in the first session.


Perrier-Jouët offers charitable Champagne pairings

Partnering with HK’s Gaia Group and French boutique restaurant Maison Es, Champagne House Perrier-Jouët has launched its “Pink Dessert Campaign 2015”.

Björk designs Dom Pérignon 2006 vintage release

Björk has designed the bottle and coffret for Dom Pérignon’s newly released 2006 vintage, it has been revealed.

Ace of Spades the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of Champagne

Armand de Brignac, the Champagne brand owned by rapper Jay-Z known as “Ace of Spades”, is the “Rolls Royce of Champagne” according to its director.

Armand de Brignac targets ‘high rollers’

Armand de Brignac, the Champagne brand owned by rapper Jay-Z, is targeting high rollers who “don’t care how much money they spend” with its new £650 fizz.

Gordon Ramsay serves English sparkling to the French

Gordon Ramsay is serving a range of English sparkling wines to diners at his newly opened Le Pressoir d’Argent restaurant in Bordeaux’s five-star Grand Hôtel.